Looking around the cabin of the XT5, I noticed more than a few indications that Cadillac was chasing BMW, beyond just driving dynamics. The shifter for the eight-speed automatic transmission, a curvy pod that fit my hand well, resembles the ergonomically sculptured drive selector sticking up from the consoles of BMW models.
Beneath its Toyota engine cover breathes a 1.5-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at a modest 106 horsepower and 103 pound-feet of torque. Mating the engine to the front wheels is either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with a flexible locking torque converter. Scion tells us that the automatic can lock its torque converter in any gear to give the powertrain a more direct and responsive feel. My Sapphire blue example featured the manual gearbox.
And like BMW, Cadillac minimizes knobs and buttons on the dashboard of the XT5, greatly simplifying the look. However, Cadillac favors more plush materials on cabin surfaces in contrast to BMW's more spartan approach. Following European tradition, BMW uses an indirect controller for its cabin electronics while Cadillac relies on a simpler touchscreen.
By now, it's no secret that the iA is actually a badge-engineered 2016 Mazda2 sedan, built by Mazda in its Salamanca, Mexico assembly plant before basically receiving a "Face/Off"-style fascia swap with a Prius C. But because Mazda has announced that it won't be selling a Mazda-badged Mazda2 in the US market anytime soon -- and, as I recently learned, the iA is such a fantastic little car -- I'll welcome it wearing any badge it can.
On the inside, we see all of the technical bits that make the car perform as intended. Turn the camera 180 degrees to look at the rear firewall in the interior, and the viewer is privy to an organized and cleanly laid-out nest of wires, boxes, and fuses sitting where a passenger seat would be in the street model.
However, as time went on, he decided he wanted to return to his roots, so he found an ad for the DR30, and made a trade for the unregistered car. The car needed a few engine components, which were difficult to find in the states, so Kho slotted in the venerable Nissan SR20 engine, which he says is essentially an updated variant of the engine that initially came in the DR30.
brutal example of the differences in speed between the LM GTE class, in which the Ford GTcompetes, and the LMP1 cars, which blast by the GT with impunity. Toward the end of the video, it is clear why Ford chose this particular lap of Silverstone to highlight, as the Ford blitzes by a bright yellow Corvette.
A native of Indiana, Daly, 24, comes from a racing family (his father Derek competed in Formula 1), and while he’s had a taste of IndyCar action in the past, this is his first true campaign and as such is listed as a rookie driver for the 2016 IndyCar season. But Daly is far from a rookie in overall experience. He’s been racing for half his life and spent several years in Europe competing in GP2 and GP3